The shock comic's increasingly grimy nursery rhymes allegedly resulted in him receiving a "lifetime ban" from the network, but first we had to suffer from smatterings of forced laughter from the audience. The wraparound cigarette puff at the 39-second mark was weird enough. Buy, hey, Sheepshead Bay!
It begins when Nirvana is introduced by a guy from Boyz II Men in a varsity letter jacket and ends with confused sorta-silence from the crowd until Krist Novoselic signals the speech is over by jumping up and down a bunch. (Kurt's "true fans" smirk is still pretty awesome, though.)
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley Love Each Other So Much They Share a Kiss, 1994
Totally not staged at all, nope, not at all. Just a moment of pure matrimonial bliss.
The battle of crazy escalated on a fateful September day in 1995 when Madonna combatted Court's cracked-out battiness by bringing out her most prim and proper faux Brit persona. To smooth out the tension, Kurt Loder really kept the jokes coming.
The awkwardness springs from the audience's scant, scattered applause throughout the now infamous acceptance speech, like they've never heard a girl say the word "bullshit" before. Also: "No else could've produced this album, and no one else did." Fact.
MTV was obviously gunning for awkward hilarity by teaming the unlikely pair of a rhyme-spitting rapper and a cake-decorating perfectionist to present the award for "Best Dance Video" and mostly succeeded, except for Martha's Look of Contempt at the 1:40 mark when Busta interrupts her. That's genuine awkwardness.
Is this exploitation? I was never sure.
As expected, Fred Durst handles the moment with grace.
You'll have to watch Triumph's full run-in (and press conference aftermath) with the superstar rapper here, but the video above is a nice little teaser. As expected, Em handles the moment with grace.
In her much-hyped return to the VMA stage, a dazed Britney passively dances, or at least flips her hair and sways her hips back and forth a little bit. (At the 2:48-mark, her team of backup dancers start to lift her up, then think better of it?) Cut to a shot of an unimpressed Diddy in the audience, then an even more unimpressed 50 Cent, then zoom out to a whole sea of generally unimpressed people.
This was that time when poor country mouse Taylor Swift lost a video award to Beyoncé and her almighty "All the Single Ladies" and Kanye West consoled her through the pain.
On the red carpet, Mary J. Blige is in the middle of responding to an interview question about her new album... when, yeah, that's a wrap. Thanks for playing, Mary.
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